Walt Whitman

(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892 / New York / United States)

O Captain! My Captain! - Poem by Walt Whitman


O CAPTAIN! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring:
But O heart! heart! heart!
O the bleeding drops of red,
Where on the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.


O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up--for you the flag is flung--for you the bugle trills; 10
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths--for you the shores a-crowding;
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
Here Captain! dear father!
This arm beneath your head;
It is some dream that on the deck,
You've fallen cold and dead.


My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;
The ship is anchor'd safe and sound, its voyage closed and done;
From fearful trip, the victor ship, comes in with object won; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

Form: Elegy


Comments about O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

  • (8/22/2018 6:37:00 PM)


    My best friend lies some where in the military service he so loved and gave everything for America. This is what this wonderful poem is to me. To see him one more time would be a blessing (Report) Reply

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  • Petals Azureblue (8/11/2018 8:38:00 PM)


    So so sad. Victory and death embroiled. (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (6/12/2018 3:48:00 AM)


    My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still;
    My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will;

    o deadly description- horrible scene

    I am the last trip
    speed of tortoise
    coward viewer
    twinkle wink
    with weary ink of heart and tired brain
    has written all....!
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/31/2018 8:32:00 PM)


    Please give me a preparation of this poem twins written by henry sambrook leigh (Report) Reply

  • Mahtab Bangalee (5/31/2018 5:05:00 AM)


    Here Captain! dear father!
    This arm beneath your head;
    It is some dream that on the deck,
    You've fallen cold and dead.
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2018 10:01:00 PM)


    That is horrible that you would use a mechanical voice to recite those lines. Do even respect (Report) Reply

  • (5/13/2018 9:39:00 AM)


    One of the first poems I learned in 3rd grade. Heart felt, sorrowful, respectful poem. 'They' don't write them like this today; it's a shame. (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2018 8:27:00 AM)


    extremely bad poem....... I hate it........worst poem ever heard.......I think Whitman was mad when he wrote this poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/4/2018 9:51:00 AM)


    Ver nice poem (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 8:33:00 AM)


    Love ❤ you princess 👸 (Report) Reply

  • (5/1/2018 8:32:00 AM)


    I love ❤ this poem (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/13/2018 6:17:00 AM)


    O CAPTAIN my captain Nicely written. SYLVA-ONYEMA UBA (Report) Reply

  • (4/5/2018 12:02:00 PM)


    It brings tears in my eyes cause it reminds me of Robin Williams so bad. Oh Captain, My Captain (Report) Reply

  • (3/30/2018 8:53:00 AM)


    best i have ever heard (Report) Reply

  • (3/9/2018 2:50:00 PM)


    Am I the only one that thinks of dead poet society (Report) Reply

  • (3/7/2018 7:59:00 PM)


    Cool Beans (Report) Reply

  • (2/18/2018 6:00:00 AM)


    Oh Captain. My captain The poem in itself is mesmerising. But the audio lakes the feel. (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2018 7:02:00 AM)


    You have read so boringly like you are dying (Report) Reply

  • (1/8/2018 5:22:00 AM)


    Yo we were memorizing this poem its kinda hard to memorize the 3rd stanza but its a great poem☺☺ (Report) Reply

  • (11/13/2017 2:27:00 PM)


    O what a great poem. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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